DoD security clearances are down 15 percent since the Snowden leaks

The number of security clearances issued by the U.S. Department of Defense has plummeted in the past two years. The big question: Is it because of the Snowden leaks or just because U.S. military spending is down? Yeah, you read that right. Military spending is down. » 3/27/15 12:38pm Friday 12:38pm

These Autonomous Patrol Cars Keep Watch Over Our Nuclear Stockpiles

Monitoring America's nuclear stockpiles is vital but mind-numbingly dull work. So rather than rely on easily distracted human guards, the storage facilities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) are now being watched by the unblinking eyes of a mobile robotic patrol fleet. » 3/16/14 1:00pm 3/16/14 1:00pm

Peek-A-Boo! DARPA's Developing Sensors to Track You by Your Heartbeat

Doesn't matter if you're a ninja or a polar bear blinking in a blizzard—if you've got a heartbeat, this new sensor system will find you. It's called "Biometrics-at-a-distance" and does everything but smell your fear. » 11/19/11 4:20am 11/19/11 4:20am

Of Course the Pentagon's First Android Phone Is the Dead Dell Streak

The Pentagon has decided on its first secure mobile device running Android. The no-longer-available Dell Streak 5. Way to speed the process along Uncle Sam. » 11/01/11 1:00pm 11/01/11 1:00pm

The Pentagon Suffered One of the Most Damaging Cyberattacks in US…

The US Department of Defense just revealed that they lost 24,000 files to "foreign intruders" in March. Though they wouldn't specify on details, they acknowledged it was "one of the most damaging cyberattacks to date on the US military". » 7/14/11 3:53pm 7/14/11 3:53pm

Get Images and Video Straight From the Military With This App

The app, by the DoD's Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System, delivers news directly from deployed service members from every arm of the military. You can also flip through the most popular and best photography from the military as well as video from "In The Fight" programming and military newscasts and share… » 4/13/11 9:15pm 4/13/11 9:15pm

War-Zone Videos Get On-Demand Treatment in New Defense Department…

A new $29 million Defense Department project makes viewing military intelligence from Afghanistan as easy as ordering a movie from Netflix. » 4/11/11 10:20pm 4/11/11 10:20pm

America's Most Dangerous Computer Security Breach Was Caused By a Flash…

In 2008, a foreign intelligence agency slipped a flash drive into a U.S. military computer, sneaking malicious code onto classified military networks: "A rogue program operating silently, poised to deliver operational plans into the hands of an unknown adversary." Gulp. » 8/25/10 11:06am 8/25/10 11:06am

Military-Designed "Bat Hook" Lets You Charge Your Phone from Overhead…

It's ridiculous all the half-baked solutions we depend on to resuscitate a dead phone. Especially when there's a potent supply of free power just waiting to be tapped, right above our heads. No, not the sun—overhead power lines. » 6/30/10 2:40pm 6/30/10 2:40pm

Air Force's Mysterious Space Plane Launches

That's the Air Force's super-secret unmanned X-37B space plane hitching a ride on an Atlas V rocket yesterday. No one knows what its mission is. Or even when it's coming back. » 4/23/10 10:00am 4/23/10 10:00am

The Government's Secret Fear of Wikileaks, Where Confidential Documents…

In March 2008, the Department of Defense supposedly published a memo about a perceived national security threat. The target: Wikileaks a site that had previously put out sensitive information about Abu Ghraib. » 3/16/10 1:32pm 3/16/10 1:32pm

New Pentagon Policy Lets Troops Overshare Like the Rest of Us

Yesterday the Department of Defense released a memo outlining the government's first official policy for social media access by military personnel. Somewhat surprisingly, it gives them unrestricted access to blog, Tweet, poke and ping just like everyone else. » 2/27/10 11:41am 2/27/10 11:41am

Department of Defense Buys 2,200 PS3s to Upgrade Supercomputer

Apparently the Department of Defense believes that PS3s are a better value when it comes to supercomputers than IBM products specifically designed for the purpose. Granted recent price drops probably didn't hurt in justifying a 2,200 console order either. » 11/29/09 11:18pm 11/29/09 11:18pm

This Is Where Each of Your 1.421 Trillion Dollars Is Going In 2010

Want to know where your tax money is going next year? Here's more than you can handle in the new 2010 edition of the Death and Taxes poster. Zoom in to see how much those F-35 fighters and lasers cost. » 7/22/09 10:30pm 7/22/09 10:30pm

Pentagon's Robot Hummingbird Christened "Nano Air Vehicle"

The Pentagon's wacky sci-fi department DARPA has been working on robotic hummingbird-based drones to serve as miniature spies. They're not nearly as agile or adorable as real hummingbirds, but DARPA is well on their way to achieving that dream. » 7/03/09 8:00pm 7/03/09 8:00pm

Pentagon's New "Suburb Warrior" UAVs Promise to Try to Kill Slightly…

The Pentagon's current crop of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are insanely powerful—the "Hellfire" is so named for a reason—but also fairly imprecise, often killing innocent, nearby civilians. The DoD's new UAVs hope to cut down on such casualties. » 6/19/09 12:30am 6/19/09 12:30am

Cyber-Spies Hack Into Ultra-Sensitive Pentagon Fighter Jet Project

Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project and made off with several terabytes of code. The Pentagon, and consequently the Wall Street Journal, suspects Chinese involvement. » 4/21/09 1:15am 4/21/09 1:15am

Death and Taxes Shows Fascinating, Terrible View on Military Tech…

Death and Taxes 2009 is a detailed graphical account showing where your tax dollars will go next year in the most detailed and fascinating way: Everything is set to scale according to the amount of money spent on it, showing the amazing weight that military-related spending has in the total Federal budget. It's just… » 10/25/08 2:45am 10/25/08 2:45am

The Future is Coming to a Robot Near You (Or Behind, Rather)

The Pentagon and the Department of Defense has recently put in a request to contractors for a multi-robot pursuit system to search and track down “non-cooperative humans.” The military is worried that controlling robots will take time away from defense officials so creating a pack-hunting AI that will do it… » 10/23/08 8:45pm 10/23/08 8:45pm

Military Arming Shadow Drones, Could Give Novice Teen Pilots the Power…

Today, only seasoned, rated pilots are allowed to step behind the controls » 10/10/08 4:50pm 10/10/08 4:50pm of an armed Predator or Reaper drone. However, the Defense Department is planning to change all that by fitting their low-flying Shadow counterparts with precision weapons. Currently Shadow drones function primarily as an intelligence…